Chris Maples

Dr. Christopher G. Maples

Dr. Christopher G. Maples became interim chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology on May 15, 2017. He succeeds Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader, who served as chancellor from April 2012 until Maples’ appointment.

Maples served as president of Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) from Oct. 1, 2008, until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2016. During his presidency at Oregon Tech, he grew the university’s enrollment, increased and strengthened academic programs, and built effective relationships with elected officials and system leadership during a time of extraordinary change. Previously, he was vice president and executive vice president for research at the Desert Research Institute (DRI), the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education, from 2003 through 2008.

Maples served as chair of the department of geological sciences at Indiana University from 1998 through 2003, held several program director positions with the National Science Foundation from 1995 to 1998, and was employed by the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas from 1989 through 1995. At the Kansas Geological Survey, his roles included service as acting section chief from 1990 to 1992 and as section chief from 1992 to 1995.

Maples holds a Ph.D. in geology with an emphasis in paleontology from Indiana University, where he also earned his master of science degree in geology. He also holds a bachelor of science degree with honors in geology from West Georgia College and graduated with honors in Korean language from the Defense Language Institute.

He is a fellow of the Paleontological Society as well as a fellow of the Geological Society of America. Among his many honors, Maples received the Paleontological Society’s Charles Schuchert Award, which is presented for outstanding accomplishments by paleontologists under age 40, and the National Science Foundation’s director’s award for collaborative integration and special act of service award.

Throughout his research career, Maples has received more than $4.4 million in research funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund and the National Geographic Society, among other agencies and sources. He is the author of 230 publications; they include three books co-edited by Maples and 78 peer-reviewed publications.

Since his retirement from Oregon Tech, Maples has worked as a freelance copy editor for Cambridge University Press. In 2016, he was named an honorary alumnus of Oregon Tech.

Dr. Maples has three children, and is married to Sara Marcus. Sara’s background is in geology and paleontology, and she has worked a diverse variety of jobs, including as a materials engineer for the Kansas Department of Transportation. Sara enjoys volunteering, and while living in Oregon she served on the Assistance League of Klamath Basin board as vice president of strategic planning as well as serving a term as president. She enjoys skiing, swimming, horseback riding, and reading. Chris and Sara both enjoy watching sports, getting outside to hit rocks with hammers and to collect fossils, and walking on beaches to check out sedimentary structures and shells. They have three cats.